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In Chapter Sixteen of Philosopher’s Stone Hermione is supposed to pretend to be waiting for Flitwick to discuss her exam:

"It's obvious," said Ron. "You can pretend to be waiting for Professor Flitwick, you know." He put on a high voice, "'Oh Professor Flitwick, I'm so worried, I think I got question fourteen b wrong....'"

Yet after she leaves the staff room (without talking to Flitwick) she tells Harry and Ron that she already got her score from Flitwick:

"Not if I can help it," said Hermione grimly. "Flitwick told me in secret that I got a hundred and twelve percent on his exam. They're not throwing me out after that."

If she already knew that she got 112% why would she be worried about getting question 14 b wrong? I know that she was only supposed to pretend to be worried, but how would that act be believable when Flitwick would just say that they had already discussed her exam?

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    Snape didn't know that... – voldemortswrath--inp.repl.co Sep 5 at 22:48
  • @Voldemort'sWrath But Hermione couldn’t discuss that issue with Flitwick. So it wouldn’t actually work if Snape called her out on it (as he did) or if Flitwick was there. – Alex Sep 5 at 22:50
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    We don't know that Flitwick didn't tell her after the fact. Also, Ron was just making something up randomly. Hermione could have easily planned to do something else. It seems to me that Ron just wanted to make fun of her while making a half-good plan... This doesn't seem to be a valid question. -1 – voldemortswrath--inp.repl.co Sep 5 at 22:56
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    @Voldemort'sWrath There was no time for Flitwick to tell her after the fact. She went straight to the common room and that’s when she told Harry and Ron about the 112%. Also, we might expect Hermione to point out that Ron’s idea wouldn’t work. – Alex Sep 5 at 23:01
  • Flitwick cornering Hermione on her way back? Flitwick telling Hermione beforehand, but Hermione doesn't actually refute Ron's mockery? There are several plausible reasons... – voldemortswrath--inp.repl.co Sep 5 at 23:54
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This isn't Hermione expressing concern about that question, it's Ron mocking her by making up a 'Hermione-esque' reason that she might be hanging around outside of a teacher's room.

‘It’s obvious,’ said Ron. ‘You can pretend to be waiting for Professor Flitwick, you know.’ He put on a high voice, ‘Oh Professor Flitwick, I’m so worried, I think I got question fourteen b wrong …’

It seems likely that this isn't the first time (nor will it be the last) that she's argued about her marks with the faculty.

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